A Statement from Agnes Tolmie, SWC Chair, The SWC Board and Staff
"To all our followers, supporters and friends,
We all know that women are key to fighting this epidemic as workers, carers and community supporters. Our support for each other is necessary to ensure not only that we fight this virus but that we do not lose sight of our fight for equality in this strange new reality that we find ourselves in. By working together we can ensure that our voices remain at the forefront when decisions are made."
Please note, due to current circumstances, our SWC staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. You can still reach us by email - firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll still be keeping our social media channels updated and are continuing to work on ways to meet with women across the country as soon as is safe and practical!
Coronavirus Resources - What's Here?
On this page, you'll find links to,
- Key Contacts and Helplines
- Spring 2020 Roadshow Overview
- The Experiences of 2020 Blog
- 'Women in Scotland Together' - Information about our new Facebook Community Group
- Policy Briefings & Consultation Responses
- Additional Statements from The Scottish Women's Convention
Key Contacts & Helplines
Our team have pulled together a wide range of contacts that will be useful at this time. Just click on each to be taken straight to their website. Due to remote working conditions, the phone helplines listed below have varied working hours. Details of these working hours will be listed on the organisation's website and/or social media channels.
November 2020; The SWC are now undertaking a series of work on Mental Health, one of the most vital topics for discussion in recent times.
Spring 2020 Digital Roadshows
Our Spring Calendar of Digital Roadshows took us to locations across Scotland via video conference calls, including Edinburgh & the Lothians, Ayrshire & Arran, Inverness, The Northern Isles, Dundee & Angus, Inverclyde, Glasgow and The Highlands & Western Isles.
Women told us about the initial crisis response in their local community, highlighting strong areas of support as well as groups of women who are possibly 'falling through the cracks.' We then discussed the way forward into our 'new normal', developing an understanding of changes women want to see and their areas of concern.
Many women who could not manage the Zoom meetings have also contributed in writing, which has been incorporated into the reports.
Experiences of 2020 - The Blog
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing blog posts from women across many walks of life in Scotland. We hope to give a platform to voice how the pandemic is affecting you; your family, relationships, work, education, home life, mental health, wellbeing, and many more aspects of life.
The stories shared will allow us to give evidence to decision makers at all levels, ensuring women's experiences are focussed on throughout the Coronavirus response. We hope they'll also provide a form of support and solidarity to others in similar situations, or educate our wider audience about their role or position.
'Women In Scotland Together' - Our new Facebook Group
We've created an informal space where we hope women throughout Scotland can join together to enjoy chatting and socialising online, at a time where we cannot do so in person for the safety of ourselves and others.
We want to create a safe space for women to share ideas and support one another. Tell us what's happening in your community. Give us tips on how to spend time productively. How are you 'socialising' with others?
SWC Policy Briefings & Consultation Responses
Amidst the current backdrop of unpredictability and anxiety, The SWC is committed to pooling all our resources to ensure women across Scotland stay abreast of current information. This includes legislation and policy positions from both the UK and Scottish Governments as well as Local Authorities.
Unfortunately, this time has shown that many women will see a widening of inequality, suffer heightened abuse and be forced into poverty as a result of the current crisis. It’s important that women continue to access information regarding their rights and entitlements at this troubling time. Please find our latest Briefings and Consultation Responses below.
Policy Briefing: Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (PDF) (Updated 9th April 2020)